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Lisa Michelle Lopez-O'Bara

Family Attorney at Walnut Creek, CA

5.0   5 reviews

About Lisa

Learn Lisa’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Family
    25%
    Lisa Lopez-O’Bara, has experience working with a range of cases involving: high-asset dissolutions, parentage, interstate custody, domestic violence, Marvin actions, support, pre-marital and post marital agreements.

    5 years

  2. Alimony
    15%

    5 years

  3. Child custody
    15%

    5 years

  4. Child support
    15%

    5 years

  5. Divorce and separation
    15%

    5 years

  6. Domestic violence
    15%

    5 years

I became a family law attorney to help families work through one of the most difficult times of their lives and come out of it with as minimal damage as possible. As the child of divorced parents, I have first-hand knowledge of how divorce can impact not only the children involved, but the entire family unit. Though a divorce is never the end goal of marriage, sometimes it is necessary for the health, welfare, safety and happiness of all the people involved. I was lucky in that my parents divorced amicably and were able to reach agreements without the help of a lawyer, unfortunately, that is not the case for every person or family going through a divorce or legal separation. As your attorney, it is my goal to compassionately and effectively advocate for you in the most cost-efficient manner practicable. I strive to resolve cases through negotiation and settlement, but will proceed to litigation if necessary. 

Family is such an integral part of my life and most of my free time is spent with my immediate and extended family. We will find any excuse to get together and enjoy good food, good conversation and laughs. As the child of divorced parents, I always enjoyed two of everything: two birthdays, two Christmases, two Thanksgivings, etc. As an adult, I have continued that tradition because it allows me to see all of my family without missing any big milestone or holiday. Now that I have a little family of my own, it is even more important to me to make sure he sees everyone during these times.

When I am not with family, I can usually be found with a good book (usually a psychological thriller) in my favorite reading chair. I enjoy having lunch with my friends and colleagues, or date nights with my husband, Jacob. I highly encourage all my clients to partake in some form of self-care, for me it is attending singing lessons and subjecting my husband to karaoke nights in Berkeley.

Licensed for 6 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 09/15/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Lisa

Law Offices of Maria E. Crabtree
1801 Oakland Blvd.
Ste 200
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596

Reviews

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Posted by Vish | May 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Going to a divorce is one of the most difficult things one may have to go through especially when kids are involved. I worked directly with Lisa for over a year as she helped me understand and navigate the process. She is honest, considerate, knows the law and the process really well. She is a great listener, very patient and approaches matters and the situation with compassion, well being of her client in the case with both a short term and long term view.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An empathetic, effective advocate
As my first-time needing an advocate (which was glad several others, including an officer helped me to realize), it felt like a fairly disorienting process to receive protection through a restraining order, and was so grateful to have Lisa's support! She listens (and explains complexity) well, thoughtfully considers her clients' needs, and helps to provide honest, effective, and efficient support. It felt as though had a kind friend help walk me through a difficult, uncomfortable situation when boundaries had been unhealthily trampled on. It was empowering to have her help to realize that I could receive help - and grateful had her support for a successful outcome to regain a sense of freedom from unacceptable behavior.
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Posted by Dan | April 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and friendly to the end.
I had the good fortune to work closely with Lisa while going through the difficult process off divorce and child custody. In all my meetings with Lisa, she was always extremely friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and truly easy to work with. I certainly hope that I will never be in need of such legal help again, but I would definitely trust Lisa to handle any issue I might have with professionalism, humor, kindness, and compassion.
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Posted by Michelle | March 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Supportive
I had the opportunity to work with Lisa Lopez-O'bara. She was wonderful! She walked me through every step and addressed whatever I did not understand. It might have been one of the most challenging times of my life but she kept me well informed and was very kind! She understood the sensitivity of my divorce and custody battle. There were times where I needed personal advise and she guided me in the most professional manner. Lisa was well versed. From what I saw and personally experienced, she was very good at utilizing resources and knowing her material! I recommend Lisa for your divorce and custody concerns. Lisa. Thank you for your help!
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCEPTIONAL FATHER's RIGHTS ATTORNEY! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Overall, Lisa is a very ethical, hard-working, creative, and very knowledgeable family law attorney. My case involved divorce and custody while facing false restraining orders filed against me by my former spouse. - Lisa kept her cool and professionalism irrespective of the obnoxious, ludicrous, and loud allegations of the opposing counsel while concentrating only on issues that mattered the most both to me and to the family court. - Lisa exhibited superb attention to detail not only when helping draft my declarations but also when presenting counter-arguments during court hearings. - Lisa did a superb job accurately and convincingly presenting and defending our position in court. Overall, I was extremely happy having Lisa on my team, and she did the best she could given the circumstances of my case. I'd recommend Lisa to other men seeking and defending their rights as fathers.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Maria E. Crabtree
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Fenchel Family Law
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Associate Attorney
  • ADZ Law, LLP
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Post-Bar Law Clerk
  • Schoenberg Family Law Group, PC
  • 2015 - 2016
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Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2016
  • San Francisco State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • 2013

Legal Cases

  • Domestic Violence Application Contra Costa County
  • 5 Year DVRO Granted
  • Divorce w/Minor Child Alameda County
  • Negotiated Resolution
  • Domestic Violence Application Contra Costa County
  • 3 Year DVRO Granted
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Associations

  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Francisco County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Family Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Ms. Lopez-O'Bara is an incredible advocate for her clients. She is smart, knowledgeable, and passionate about family law. I consider myself extremely fortunate to work with her."
Family Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Lisa is both compassionate and results-oriented - a winning combination!"
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Lisa was always responsive and always respectful. She advocated for her client while also remaining reasonable and working towards a fair settlement. I look forward to working with Lisa again in the future."